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October 14, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Not All Tax Cuts Are Created Equal (Audio: Podcast)

Tax cuts can have a strong impact on economic growth, or none at all—it depends on whether the tax cut encourages private sector investment. IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews and President Tom Giovanetti look back at the IPI archives to a 2001 study that ranked different types of tax cuts based on their impact on economic growth. Hint: Tax cuts designed to “put more money in people’s pockets” aren’t going to get the job done.

September 16, 2021

If Biden's $3.5 Trillion Tax and Spending Bill Passes, We'll All Be Worse Off (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains how politically difficult Democrats are finding it to get their $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill through their own caucus, and how harmful it would be for the economy should they succeed. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

September 9, 2021

So What's This About a Tax Gap? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains why there are reasons to be suspicious of the recent Treasury Department report claiming that there is an enormous “tax gap” of uncollected taxes from the wealthy, and that the solution is to give the IRS more enforcement power and to further erode financial privacy.

August 19, 2021

Is Joe Biden the Republican's Secret Weapon for a Midterm Victory? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar describes several Biden administration disasters that are eroding confidence in his administration and likely will contribute to Republican gains in the 2022 midterm elections.

August 5, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: What Is Dynamic Scoring? (Audio: Podcast)

Trying to not get TOO deep into the weeds, IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explain why treating the economy as dynamic rather than static, and treating consumers and businesses as rational rather than stupid, is the right way to try to estimate the results of policy changes on the budget and the overall economy.

June 10, 2021

The ProPublica Tax Scandal (Audio: Podcast)

This week ProPublica released personal tax information it obtained from an anonymous source, which is a criminal act under federal law. IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discuss why this is such a significant problem, why there are laws against such disclosures, and what might be the policy implications from this incident.

June 3, 2021

Joe Biden's Plan for a Fatter, Meaner IRS (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews asks tax expert Dan Pilla to explain the three false assumptions behind President Joe Biden's plan to vastly expand the Internal Revenue Service's enforcement capabilities in an effort to capture allegedly billions of uncollected tax dollars.

May 27, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Tax Competition is a Feature, Not a Bug (Audio: Podcast)

The Government Class may hate it, but tax competition is a feature, not a bug. What they call a “race to the bottom” is actually strategic pressure to hold governments in check. Attempts among state or national governments to coordinate tax policy should be seen for what it is—collusion to eliminate competition and unleash ever bigger government. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

May 20, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Inflation Is the Most Miserable Tax of All (Audio: Podcast)

With the undeniable return of inflation, at least for now, IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discuss the current causes of inflation and the return of the “Misery Index.”

April 8, 2021

What's This About a Global Minimum Corporate Income Tax? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews welcomes tax expert Dan Pilla to discuss Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's new proposal for a global minimum corporate income tax as a way to discourage large companies from fleeing the U.S. if President Biden successfully raises their tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent.

Total Records: 127